Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Akatonbo | Red Dragonfly” by Tsujita, Tatsuya


Dimensions: 8-0”h 

The unusual and abstract representation is of a young girl moon-watching with pigtails flying, and titled head looking upwards. Incorporated are wonderful hand-painted red and gold Tonbo, (dragonflies), depicted on the variegated, coloration of the garment, and illustrating the contemporary nature surrounding Kokeshi making, showing a technical competence by the artist. 

Tonbo is a symbol of the Samurai that represents the saying ‘never giving up', as the dragonfly doesn’t move backwards. The dragonfly is perhaps the oldest symbol in Japan, and is represented in many forms of art throughout the ages. The Nihon Shoki, the second oldest book of classical Japanese history, refers to Dragonflies as ‘Akitsu’. Very often, the Samurai wore clothes, or ornaments, that showcased the Tonbo design, as a reminder to never give up, but instead look towards the future. 

And finally, September is the time for moon viewing, (Taukimi), which this figure is positioned to enjoy. The piece has an inscription on the bottom identifying the artist. 

Condition:  Excellent, pristine original condition, archival quality because of the uniqueness of the doll.